Monday, November 25, 2013

Buy Local, Paint Local! Maria Kovalenko Leysens



I photograph and turn my paintings to black and white to see if the values work and then make any final changes if needed. This one is almost done.
I will post the finished piece soon. 24x35 inches watercolor

I also wanted to introduce my "Buy Local, Paint Local" series.
I have been visiting small local businesses, farms... and have met some hard working people with a strong sense of community. They run farms, cider presses, markets, raise chickens, bees,  homemade shops, yarn/weavers, bakeries... I interview, photograph, sketch and paint the story I find there. Ultimately it is about people, opportunity and community.

I will include a short story of each painting as I finish. 
I look forward to sharing this journey with you!



3 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

What a nice post!

Mary Beth Brath said...

Hi Maria! Great post. This is a fantastic painting. So rich in color and mood.

Cecelia Lyden said...

I ditto Mary Beth's observations. Such a strong work of art.